District: EU focusing on providing maximum trade facilities to Pakistan: Ambassador

Islamabad: The Ambassador of European Union (EU) in Pakistan Mr. Lars Gunnar Wigemark has said that European Union (EU) has been focusing on providing maximum trade facilities to Pakistan after the GSP Plus status to Pakistan, saying that the Pakistan was in dire need of more than trade not aid.

He said that now the Pakistan has great chances to enjoy all the benefits of the GSP Plus status by EU. He revealed that the EU intended to have developed and strengthened mutual trade relations with Pakistan.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of Sialkot business community held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) after visiting several leading industrial units in Sialkot here today. SCCI President Dr. Sarfraz Bashir and SVP Mian Muhamamd Anwar were also present on this occasion.

He highly hailed the success story of elimination of child labour from soccer ball industry of Sialkot, terming it a great success for this industry as well.

He said that EU was also keenly considering on trade facilities programme in Pakistan, saying that now the Pakistan has been enjoying the easy access to the EU markets after the GSP Plus status, besides, focusing on technical and vocational training programmes in Pakistan.

EU Ambassador said that Sialkot made thermo bonded soccer balls will be officially played in FIFA Brazil Soccer Ball World Cup 2014, the biggest ever even on this planet.

He termed it a major achievement for Sialkot and Pakistan. He said that this success will pave the ways of the Pakistan towards exploring and capturing the EU markets as well.

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